by Kate Atkinson


On a cold, snowy English night in January, 1910, Ursula Todd is born with her cord wrapped around her neck, and dies the same day. On that same night, Ursula Todd is born again, and lives. We follow Todd through many lives, many experiences, many circumstances, many choices and chances. She is born, she lives, she loves, she suffers, she dies, over and over. As her lives progress, the reader wonders what role Todd will have in a world on the brink of World War II. Fenella Woolgar does a wonderful job of narrating Ursual's lives, capturing the emotions and the tension. Some may find the repetitiveness of Ursuala's stories a bit tedious, but this was offset for me by the great narration. Read this and wonder at the small moments that can change an entire existence, and at the difference one person can make.

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Kate Atkinson is indeed fabulous. Readers who enjoy her dark but funny take on life, love and mystery might enjoy Denise Mina, who has a similar sensibility.

Thanks for the further recommendation!!

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